Fishing is very likely the number one participation sport in Guntersville, due to the proximity of 69,000-acre Lake Guntersville.

If you’re an avid angler and you’d like to introduce someone to the sport without having to buy a fishing license, mark June 8 on your calendar.

It’s the annual “Free Fishing Day” hosted by the Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources. Free Fishing Day is part of National Fishing and Boating Week, which runs June 1-9. Free Fishing Day allows residents and non-residents to enjoy fishing opportunities in Alabama without having to purchase a fishing license.

“Free Fishing Day is the perfect opportunity for non-anglers to test the fishing waters and to remind former anglers of all the fun they’ve been missing,” said Nick Nichols, Fisheries Section Chief for the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. “It’s a great opportunity for kids to learn how fun and exciting fishing is, while giving families a chance to do something together outdoors.”

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